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2014 Nautical Archaeology Field School at Northwestern Michigan College

Location: Traverse City, Michigan, United States

July 12, 2014 to July 27, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 11, 2014

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: PDF icon flyer2014.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Nautical Archaeology Society

Project Director:

Dr. Mark W. Holley and Ian Cundy

Project Description

Join members of the Nautical Archaeology Society, divers, educators, students and fellow underwater archaeology enthusiasts for two weeks of training in beautiful Traverse City Michigan. Classes will be held at Northwestern Michigan College’s waterfront Great Lakes Campus.

Come train on the Great Lakes with experts in the field of Underwater Archaeology. Each of the course instructors are qualified professionals in their field of study and will be sharing their years of experience with you. This is a great chance to do some sunny summer diving and get some fantastic training too!

The dates of the field school are July 12 – July 27, 2014.

Most of the detailed information concerning the field school can be accessed via the internet at: . Under the 2014 NAS Field School tab at the top of the main page you can find information on: the aims and objectives of the field school, course schedule, frequently asked questions, prices and package deals, online payment option and a printable flyer.

There are many class options and both package deals and al-a-carte pricing are available. You may attend just a single day-long class or the entire two-week long event. Feel free to sign up for courses as your schedule allows.

These are great courses to have on your resume if you are considering a post-graduate degree in anthropology

Academic Credit at Northwestern Michigan College

The NAS Part 1 and NAS Part 2 courses can be taken for academic credit at Northwestern Michigan College. Each course is worth 3 anthropology or social science credits.

You may sign up for these credit courses online at:

The NAS Part 1 (Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology) ANT 201 – CRN 1246

NAS Part 2 (Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology) ANT 202 – CRN 1220

If you need assistance you may also call NMC registration at: 231-995-1049.
Or visit their web site at:

Courses Offered:

Introduction to Nautical Archaeology
NAS Level One Certification
NAS Level Two Field Project

NAS Level Three Classes:

  • Archaeological Surveying using a total station
  • Artifact Drawing and Archaeological Illustration
  • Documentary Research
  • Flint Knapping
  • Native American Settlement in the Upper Great Lakes
  • Rov Construction
  • Ship and Boat Construction
  • Underwater and Artifact Photography
  • Using Site Recorder 4 (Archaeological site drawing software)
  • Video Editing in Archaeology

Detailed directions to the NMC campus are provided on the web site. There is a fairly large airport in Traverse City, which has daily flights to both Detroit and Chicago.

Very reasonably priced accommodation in the NMC student dormitories can be purchased at your request, but these spaces are filling fast, so book now to avoid disappointment. There are also many hotels in the local area but these will be both expensive and full during the field-school so book early to avoid disappointment.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a unique training opportunity and all around good time!

Period(s) of Occupation: Archaic and Historical

Underwater and Nautical Archaeology on Archaic Period site and Historic Shipwrecks

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 Day

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Very reasonably priced accommodation in the NMC student dormitories can be purchased at your request.

$45 per day

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Northwesterm Michigan College
Number of credits offered 6
Variable by course


Contact Information
Dr. Mark W. Holley
111 E. Front Street
Recommended Bibliography: 

2009 Bowens, Amanda et al: Archaeology Underwater, The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice, Nautical Archaeology Society, Fort Cumberland.